Black Diamond Shiva MX 110 ReviewOctober 8, 2013
- Swappable soles come included, no extra price
- Shock absorbing heel for impacts
- Both light and stiff
- A little crunched in the toe box
- Comes in a limited size range
If you spend a majority of your time backcountry skiing with the occasional visit in-bounds and you only want to own one pair of ski boots, the Shiva MX 110 would be a smart choice. Otherwise, keep this as your touring boot and then get a traditional alpine boot for resort days.
This boot, a new addition for fall 2013, is a major upgrade from Black Diamond’s previous Shiva boot. It’s considerably higher performance on the downhill, and is miraculously both lighter and stiffer. Comfort didn’t seem like a huge priority here—testers reported smashed toes. But that could be solved with some proper bootfitting.
This boot comes with both a tech sole and an alpine sole included in the price (most other boots make you pay extra for the second set), so you’ll be dialed no matter what type of bindings you’re using.
With a fully thermoformable Direct Connect liner, you’ll be able to get a custom fit right out of the box. The liner comes cut away in the back for women’s wider calves.
If you have a particularly small or large foot size for women, you may be out of luck: They come in a rather limited size run.